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Fiji flag law destroys presumption of innocence

Fiji flag law destroys presumption of innocence

Updated 22 June 2015, 16:59 AEST

Provisions in Fiji's new flag protection bill could be struck down by the courts for violating the country's Bill of Rights.

That's according to Professor George Williams, one of Australia's leading constitutional lawyers.

One clause in the bill says anyone accused of misusing the flag must prove their innocence.

Professor Williams says this clause reverses the universally accepted legal principle that people are innocent until proven guilty.

Reporter: Bruce Hill

Speaker: Professor George Williams, constitutional lawyer